Walter Voja Popovich, 88 years old, beloved husband of Mira Popovich; loving father of Alexander (Elizabeth) Popovich; cherished grandfather of Steven and Olivia Popovich; dear uncle of Dobrila and Dobrivoje Popovich in Serbia and Slavisa Rafajlovic in Chicago.
Walter Voja Popovich was born in Serbia in 1913 into Christian Orthodox priests family. His father Gavrilo Popovich was killed in 1914 defending Serbia from the Austro-Hungarian attack. His mother alone had to raise her three children. After high school, Mr. Popovich went to the Royal Yugoslav Military Academy. In 1937, as the first in his class, he became the artillery officer. He was serving in Kosovo at the beginning of the Second World War. He was taken prisoner by the German Nazi army and sent concentration camps in Germany. After the liberation Mr. Popovich served in the British Military as the Superintendent of the C.M.W.S. (Civil Mixed Watchmen Service). On June 29th 1950 Mr. Walter Popovich immigrated to the US. He came by a ship to Ellis Island in NY and immediately moved to Chicago. He was there employed at the Republic Steel Corporation as manual labor. There he worked days and studies at night. On June 19th 1957 Walter Popovich graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering. In 1963 Republic Steel promoted him to a supervisory position in their Chicago district lab. There he published many of his scientific works. On January 27th 1962 Walter Popovich graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics. In 1965 Walter Popovich married Mira Stojakovic who came from Belgrade in Serbia to visit her relatives in Chicago. They have one son, Alexander Popovich.
Upon coming the US Mr. Walter Popovich joined many Serbian religious and national rganizations. He was the first president of the St. Simeon Mirotocivi Serbian Orthodox Church, ex-treasurer New Gracanica Metropolinate – Diocese of America & Canada, founding member of Serbian Brothers Help, member of Serbian National Defense Council of America, past editor of SLOBODA (LIBERTY) and SRPSKE NOVINE (SERBIAN NEWSPAPER), frequent contributor to Chicago Tribunes column Voice of the people, frequent contributor to Diocesan Observer, The Economist, and many other newspapers and publications. He published a book on life of the famous Serbian scientist, Nikola Tesla. Walter Voja Popovich passed away on June 6th 2001 at the Lutheran general Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.
Visitation Friday from 5 p.m. at Sveta Gora, Serbian Orthodox Funeral Chapels, 3517 N. Pulaski Road in Chicago. Pomen (Wake Service) 7:00 p.m. at chapel. Opelo (Funeral Service) Saturday 11:30 a.m. New Gracanica Monastery, Third Lake. Internment Most Holy Mother of God Cemetery at New Gracanica Monastery.
This death notice will always remain on the Internet as the everlasting remembrance of Walter Voja Popovich.
For detailed information please contact: SVETA GORA FUNERAL HOME, Chicago, tel 773-588-2200.
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